OKS faction in Slovak parliament may block new candidate to head the NBÚ

Four MPs from the Civic Conservative Party (OKS), a faction of the Most-Híd party, may block another candidate proposed to head up Slovakia’s National Security Authority (NBÚ) – Supreme Court judge Juraj Kliment – the Sme daily wrote on June 4. OKS has reservations because of Klimennt's participation in a ruling issued in 2006 in the 30-year-old case of the rape and murder of medical student Ľudmila Cervanová. Kliment was a member of the committee of judges who did not believe the stated innocence of six persons from Nitra who had been found guilty of the crime by the Communist regime earlier. For decades these men claimed they were innocent. In 2006, the case was re-opened and the original ruling was confirmed by the judges, including Kliment, and even longer punishments were meted out.

Four MPs from the Civic Conservative Party (OKS), a faction of the Most-Híd party, may block another candidate proposed to head up Slovakia’s National Security Authority (NBÚ) – Supreme Court judge Juraj Kliment – the Sme daily wrote on June 4.

OKS has reservations because of Klimennt's participation in a ruling issued in 2006 in the 30-year-old case of the rape and murder of medical student Ľudmila Cervanová. Kliment was a member of the committee of judges who did not believe the stated innocence of six persons from Nitra who had been found guilty of the crime by the Communist regime earlier. For decades these men claimed they were innocent. In 2006, the case was re-opened and the original ruling was confirmed by the judges, including Kliment, and even longer punishments were meted out.

"This is a certain problem for us," said OKS chairman Peter Zajac, the leader of the faction.

He added that he wanted to discuss the issue on June 6 with Béla Bugar, the chairman of Most-Híd. All the other coalition partners apparently have agreed with this candidate.

Kliment has refused to comment on the issue, saying only that he had agreed to be a candidate for the NBÚ head. According to Bugár, the Cervanová case shouldn't disqualify Kliment.

Source: Sme

To read more about the Cervanová case, please read A story of unanswered questions
.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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